Just got back this week from a week's stay at the Athena Beach hotel. Booked this as a last minute holiday with Thompson a couple of weeks ago. I looked on Trip Advisor and Thompson website prior to booking and could see mixture of reviews so decided to go and make up our own mind.
GOOD POINTS: The hotel is to a good standard and appears to have a refurbishment recently. Most staff we saw also helpful. Food (we were on half board) ok and buffet service but very repetative and not much hot selction for veggies unless they wanted to eat cold salad selection. Four free beach towels also provided each day. Lovely clean pools (4 in all) but prime spot sun beds seemed to be taken by about 6.30 am and although enough sunbeds for everyone not all had shade/parasol and pool area became very hot during the day.
BAD POINTS. Atleast 50% of the hotel rooms are badly placed. Those with odd numbers on each floor mostly overlook the front and side car park areas and busy road. If you are unlucky enough to be on the ground floor (odd numbers) you overlook a ramp that comes up to the front of hotel where the buses come!!. We had requested a full sea view room and paid extra because concerns with rooms had been highlighted by previous reviews as an issue. On arrival we were allocated a second floor room overlooking the swimming pool area and sea. In fact most of the 1st and second floor full sea view rooms(even numbers)have their view blocked by flat roofs that extend out from the main building. We had a dirty flat roof dirctly under our balcany that completely restricted our view of the swimming pool and gardens. We could see the sea if you stood up and peered over the high stone balcany wall and tried to look past the very large flat roof but not really acceptable when we had paid considerably more to have a full sea view. The hotel also has a policy that all the balcany lights are centrally controlled and on a timer switch. This means that they come on at 8.00 pm and go off at 10.00 pm. so if you want to sit on the balcany after this time then you do it in the semi dark! We tried to ask our Thompson Rep for assistance in getting us moved higher and was told by her that "You will have to speak to the hotel management yourself as I have no influence" it makes you wonder what you are paying for asisstance from travel company for as she was completely lazy and unhelpful and didn't seem to spring into action unless she was trying to get you to buy excusions etc!!! The hotel management were also unhelpful and instead of saying that they would consider looking at moving us when another room became available just tried to flog us a superior room at (again) a much higher cost instead. I also heard lots of talk around the swimming pool about similar experiences so don't think we were the only ones disappointed with this attitude. The beach outside the hotel was also diappointing and of a poor standard. Its basically a short bit of shingle/sand and full of seaweed on the shoreline. You are unable to get into the sea from the beach safely due to large amount of sharp large rocks. The hotels along the boardwalk have provided jetties to get further out over the rocks but as my partner and I are poor swimmers we did not feel that this was a safe option. We ended up going on the bus to coral bay beach a couple of times during the week as beach there was lovely, very safe for children and the bus fare was very cheap (3 Euro's each for an unlimited day ticket).The location of the hotel was also too quiet for our taste. Plenty of free nightly entertainment provided at the hotel itself but if you wanted a change of scene then only a few bars scattered around a ten minute walk along the main road and were half empty on our visits. The boardwalk alongside the sea to Paphos is a brisk 25/30 minute walk and don't attempt it after dark as it is very poorly lit in places. Also unlike other resorts we have visited in Turkey for instance also have very few bars for to visit along the way. Best to take bus outside hotel that gets you to harbour area of Paphos in 10 minutes and only costs 1 euro. Paphos itself was also very quiet and seems to be suffering from the recession. Although the bars around the harbour area appeared to be doing ok, Paphos Bar steet area seems to be suffering badly and at least a quarter of the bars were in darkness and closed down. We counted 7 bars in a row on one part of the street that have given up and closed their doors so things pretty quiet for August peak time.
In in all bit of a difficult review. I thought the hotel was expensive for the room we ended up with and I would have freaked out if we had ended up with one of the rooms at the front of the hotel!!. Location also not good as really too far out from main centre of Paphos and although buses cheap and frequent it did mean having to use them frequently to get anywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Constantinou Bros Athena Beach Hotel is a four star, beachfront hotel in Kato Paphos within easy walking distance from the picturesque harbour, the archaeological sites, the shops and the nightlife. A bus stop is just outside the hotel and taxis are always available. Parking in the hotel car park is free for guests. The resort is situated 15 km away from the Paphos International Airport and 140 km from Larnaca International Airport. Also within short driving distance are two super golf courses. All the rooms feature spacious balconies offering beautiful views of the Mediterranean or of the hotel's tranquil gardens, as well as luxury bathrooms featuring bath tub, rain shower and flexible hose shower, Simmons(R) Luxury Beds and floor to ceiling windows. Room facilities include among others: air conditioning and heating, flat screen LCD satellite TV (26 inch in land view rooms and 32 inch in all other rooms) and radio, fridge, mini bar, hairdryer, scales, make-up/shaving mirror, ironing facilities, safety deposit box as well as tea and coffee making facilities. The leisure facilities of this hotel include 3 freshwater swimming and 2 paddling pools (one of each type heated), a waterslide, one heated indoor pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, floodlit tennis courts, a 24-rink indoor and outdoor Bowls Green facilities, mini golf and a children's playground with Kids Club. In the hotel's Elixir Spa, a total area of 800m2, there is a heated pool, 2 Couples Suites, 2 saunas, 2 steam baths, a fully equipped and spacious gym and a hairdressing salon. You can also choose from a good choice of professional massages and body therapies, aromatherapy and other treatments are also available to help relax and rejuvenate. Enjoy some fine dining at the hotel's restaurants or even a romantic candlelit dinner! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Athena Beach
- Athena Beach Hotel Paphos
- Athena Beach Hotel Cyprus
- Athena Beach Paphos